Written By: Shane Dunn
With Odell Beckham Jr. injured and out for the season with an ACL tear, it is a question amongst many people, where the Browns will go from here?
In an already loaded division, they rank third, right behind the 5-1 Ravens and the powerhouse of the AFC, 6-0 Steelers. The Browns appeared to be in trouble, but after Odell’s injury, Baker Mayfield threw five touchdowns and had an incredible game. Their two losses have come to the teams in their division who rank above them, the Ravens and Steelers, but without OBJ, this all seems bleak. They have four very easy games left in their schedule, being the Jaguars, Eagles, Giants, and Jets, so when they win those games they will have nine wins.
Now if the Ravens have a huge injury to Lamar or a different playmaker, their team’s season is really over, and the Steelers have just had an easy schedule so far. The Browns are capable of beating both of these teams, and they have a very good chance of sneaking into the playoffs if they can just beat the Ravens division wise. This Sunday, the Ravens and Steelers face off, and that will be a telltale sign of what direction this division is heading in. Also, the Browns are stacked with talent with players such as Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and defensive superstar Myles Garret. In addition to those threats, Odell wasn’t even their most used target any of the last two seasons.
If Baker Mayfield can get it together, or if they trade for a better quarterback, their season is not over in the slightest. Baker proved his rookie year he was a unit on the field, having a slump of a sophomore season raised doubt, but if he plays like he did against the Bengals, they will be fine. Austin Hooper is coming back very soon to be the Tight End this team needs, and if David Njoku stays with the team, they will have one of the best TE tandems in the league. The Browns are also looking to trade John Ross III and Njoku, potentially allowing them to get a star.
The Browns season is not over by any means, it will just take a lot if they want to get to the promised land, but it is 100% feasible. If not, next year will be their year, but all in all, the loss of Odell does not make or break their season. Prayers out to Odell on a speedy recovery, let’s hope the Browns function well without him.
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